Knitwear designer Karelle Levy demonstrates her easy, seamless technique for changing colors in crochet projects!
Karelle’s version of the “Messy Mom Bun Hat” is the “Easy Breezy Bun Beanie,” which is so-named for several reasons. It’s a very quick project, especially when you use a lightweight yarn with a chunky hook for a mesh-like texture.
Plus, it’s super cool and versatile, depending on your style and selection of materials. Consider the wonderful world of yarn weights and hook sizes to choose from.
Even better, it’s a great chance to practice seamlessly changing colors in crochet. For a more colorful hat, you could try adding a new color every one or two rounds.
To seamlessly change yarn colors:
Keeping a loop on your hook from Color A, also wrap Color B on the hook, leaving a few inches of a tail. Slip Color B through the loop of Color A, and continue the pattern with Color B.
Use the tails of both colors to tighten the stitch and keep the round even as you proceed with the new color.
What truly sets apart the professional-level crochet artist is how they finish a project. Weaving in ends neatly and thoughtfully is key. Use a yarn needle for the best possible results.
As is clear in Karelle’s example, you can change yarns that are completely different in weight and texture. Have fun experimenting with types of yarn you can combine.
Of course, you could always skip the work and just use your favorite variegated yarn.
With options of self-striping, short or long transition, using color-changing yarn will give you a more colorful piece but not necessarily with as clearly defined bands as if you changed colors manually.
How do you use a variety of colors in your crochet work? Share with us in the comments section!